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Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan
سردار محمد رضا خان
Chief Election Commissioner Election Commission
In office
04 December 2014 – Present
Nominated by Majlis-e-Shoora
Justice Supreme Court
In office
10 January 2002 – 9 February 2010
Nominated by Pervez Musharraf
Chief Justice Peshawar High Court
In office
28 April 2000 – 9 January 2002
Nominated by Mohammad Rafiq Tarar
Justice Peshawar High Court
In office
14 December 1993 – 27 April 2000
Nominated by Mohammad Farooq Leghari
Personal details
Born 10 February 1945
Nationality Pakistani

Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan (Urdu: سردار محمد رضا خان‎) is the current Chief Election Commissioner[1] and a retired judge on the Supreme Court of Pakistan and former Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court. He was born in the Namli Maira village in the district of Abbottabad on 10 February 1945.[2]

Education and training[edit]

Khan belongs to the prominent Karlal tribe in Abbotabad. After graduating from the Government College of Abbottabad, Khan received a master's degree in economics from Punjab University through the Forman Christian College University in Lahore. He received a LL.B. degree from the same university in 1967.[2] In 1985, Khan visited the United States to study the American legal system.[2] In 1999 he attended a three-month training course in Tokyo, "Corruption Among Public Officials".[2] In June 2004, Khan visited Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in connection with an international seminar on "Human Rights and Independence on the Judiciary in the Islamic and Non-Islamic Judicial Systems".[2] In 2006 he visited Dhaka, Bangladesh for a conference on the criminal judicial system.

Professional career[edit]

Khan joined PCS (Judicial Branch) in 1970 after passing a competitive examination held in 1968–69, and was appointed Senior Civil Judge in 1973. In 1976 he was appointed an Additional District and Sessions Judge, and District and Sessions Judge in 1979. Khan was Judicial Commissioner for Northern Areas for over four years,[3] and was appointed Special Judge Customs Taxation and Anti Smuggling in 1992–93.[3] He was named to the Peshawar High Court on 14 December 1993, and confirmed in June 1995.[3]

On 28 April 2000, Khan took the oath of office as Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court.[2] He was named to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and took the oath of office on 10 January 2002.[3] After refusing to take an oath on a Provisional Constitutional Order on 3 November 2007, he and eleven other judges were removed from the Supreme Court.[4] On 19 September 2008, after a democratically-elected government came to power, Khan was reinstated to the court with his seniority intact.[5]

Major cases[edit]

On 28 September 2007, a nine-member Supreme Court of Pakistan bench, in a split 6–3 verdict, held that a petition challenging Pervez Musharraf's candidacy for a second term as president was invalid. Khan, head of bench Rana Bhagwandas and Mian Shakirullah Jan dissented with the majority opinion. Declaring the petition invalid were Javed Iqbal, Abdul Hameed Dogar, M. Javed Buttar, Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi, Faqir Muhammad Khokhar and Falak Sher.[6]

He singularly dissented in a 13 to 1 verdict of the Supreme Court, holding that judges of the superior judiciary should not be condemned unheard; that they should not be proceeded against for contempt; that such notices issued be withdrawn.

In another case,in his separate note, he held that all beneficiaries of NRO be dealt with equality and without discrimination; that the monitoring cell constituted within the supreme court is unprecedented, and the court should take action only when violation of its order is complained by any aggrieved party.



  1. ^ "Sardar Raza Khan takes oath as new CEC". The News Islamabad. December 6, 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Law, Justice & Human Rights Division. Government of Pakistan Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "AnnualReport2006" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ a b c d Supreme Court Annual Report 2004
  4. ^ "Majority of Pak judges refuse to take oath under new PCO". Thaindian News. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Four deposed judges inducted into SC". The News (Pakistan). 20 September 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Nasir Iqbal (29 September 2007). "The day of the General: -Musharraf to run for president in uniform – Petitioners, lawyers leaders livid". DAWN (Pakistan). Retrieved 3 April 2009. 
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Preceded by
Mian Mohammad Ajmal
Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court
28 April 2000 – 9 January 2002
Succeeded by
Mian Shakirullah Jan

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Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:29:50 -0700

Chief Election Commissioner Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza on Thursday rejected a call by political parties calling on provincial members of the Election Commission to tender their resignations ahead of the upcoming local government polls in Sindh and ...


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 17:50:04 -0800

LAHORE: Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan instructed all district returning officers and returning officers on Friday to exercise their full authority during the second phase of local government elections in Punjab and Sindh. He ...


Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:53:56 -0800

Talking to reporters after meeting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan, he said: “We should all accept Badin's results as the decision of the people of the area.” The ruling PPP in Sindh had reportedly tried hard ...

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ARY NEWS (press release) (blog)
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 10:00:00 -0800

ISLAMABAD: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan has said that no finger prints or signatures on ballot papers do not mean that elections were rigged, ARY News reports.

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Geo News, Pakistan
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:45:53 -0800

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The News International
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:56:52 -0700

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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:03:45 -0800

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